A locket containing some of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s hair will take centre stage at the launch of our inaugural auction celebrating Jacobite, Stuart & Scottish Applied Arts, in this year the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Jacobite uprising. The sale will be held in Edinburgh on 13 May 2015 and will celebrate the long and colourful history of all items associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites.
This specialist auction of Jacobite, Stuart & Scottish Applied Arts will showcase the cross section of the arts of the period that played such an important role within the Jacobite movement; from the traditional portraits, miniatures, fine silver, antique arms and rare manuscripts to the romantic and provoking relics of the rebellion and people within.
The Jacobite Risings were a series of uprisings, rebellions, and wars in Great Britain and Ireland occurring between 1688 and 1746. The uprisings had the aim of returning James VII of Scotland and II of England, and later his descendants of the House of Stuart, to the throne of Great Britain after they had been deposed by Parliament during the Glorious Revolution. The series of conflicts takes its name from Jacobitism, from Jacobus, the Latin form of James.
A landmark auction of Jacobite, Stuart & Scottish Applied Arts | 13 May, 2015
Colin Fraser, Scottish Silver and Jacobite specialist said “We plan to celebrate this 300th anniversary year with a sale celebrating everything to do with Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites. The allure of Charles Edward Stuart, the “Bonnie Prince Charlie” of legend, and his romantic but ill-starred campaigns continues to this day. We have a number of very unusual and personal items already in the sale and have had interest from potential buyers from sellers around the world.”
Items of note in the sale include a locket containing some of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s hair valued at £5,000-7,000. The 18th century gold locket comes from the Murray Threipland collection at Fingask House. Also from Fingask is an ivory flute, reputed to be the personal property of Prince Charles valued at £5,000-8,000.
An Italian silver sermon case belonging to Henry Benedict Stuart, Cardinal Duke of York, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s brother, is valued at £10,000-15,000 and an important Jacobite Scottish basket hilted sword valued at £10,000-15,000. The sword is attributed to Thomas Borthwick of Inverness and is possibly the only signed Inverness basket hilted sword ever recorded. A Scottish silver quaich used for final meal of the William Boyd, Earl of Kilmarnock before he was executed at Tower Hill, London on the 18 August 1746 for his part in the Jacobite uprising It was made in Glasgow by William Clerk, c1695 is valued at £10,000-20,000.